When I found out I was pregnant in 2017, I couldn’t have been happier!
I think I speak for a lot of woman when I say, I had everything from outfits to my hospital bag planned in my head as soon as my test was positive! I tend to jump ahead of myself!
Something I didn’t put too much thought in to, though, was the whole procedure of being pregnant in Malta and all my antenatal options and so on and as someone who wasn’t born here, I wasn’t hugely familiar with what to do… so here is what I did do, speaking from my personal experience.
After my home test was positive, I booked in with my doctor to confirm the pregnancy. He asked me to do another quick test at the clinic and then gave me lots of advice and went over my health history so to advice the best supplements and so on.
He asked me to come back at 9 weeks for an early scan (not all clinics have this facility so your doctor can advise you where to go) and once all was ok with the midwife at the 9 week scan, the nurse at the clinic filled out a form with all my details to send to the hospital and register my pregnancy.
You will then receive a letter for your first antenatal appointment at the hospital at around 12 weeks where you will have scan and blood tests and meet with a midwife, who will have a chat with you and answer any questions. You can choose to go to an OBGYN privately also. From then on you will have scheduled appointments for check ups and scans and everything you need to know will be discussed at these check ups such as progression of the pregnancy and wether you may need to have additional blood tests to check for things like gestational diabetes. The Anomaly scan will be scheduled at around 20 weeks.
At your visits, you can register for free antenatal classes and there are options for grandparents also.
The hospital provides great information in a magazine that is handy for you to be aware of all emergency phone numbers, hospital bag check lists and basically anything to do with being pregnant and having a newborn.
As well as handy vouchers for big stores.
There is a brilliant mother and baby event held at the Phoenicia, yearly which is great for all parents but especially expectant.
The event is on this weekend!(26th/27th October 2019)
The midwives association page on Facebook is brilliant for any concerns you have and can point you in the right direction if you have any birthing queries to do with labour options for example, hypnobirthing, water births or if you are thinking of having a Doula.
My over all experience in Malta being pregnant was very positive. I felt like the doctors left no stones unturned and were very cautious to every situation. The hospital facilities after giving birth are also fantastic and the breastfeeding and bottle feeding help and information is excellent.
I wish the midwives were allowed to be more involved throughout the pregnancy as I found them AMAZING through the labour process and less clinical, if that makes sense, they are just priceless.
One tip I have is to ask for a strep
B test in your 3rd trimester as it wasn’t offered to me, I had just happened to read about it as I followed lots of American pregnancy blogs.
I wish you all happy healthy pregnancies